Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Life Changing Book by Randy Pausch


First read this excellent article in the Wall Street Journal by Jeffrey Zaslow, A Final Farewell and then go to your nearest book store (most library copies will be in the hands of patrons)and buy the book The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch co-written by Zaslow.
Ever since seeing a story on ABC last year where Pausch was chosen as Person of the Week I have followed Pausch's fight against pancreatic cancer through his daily update page here:
http://download.srv.cs.cmu.edu/~pausch/news/index.html
When Randy passed away in July I heard the news on the BBC while in Ireland and without access to the Internet was unaware of his swift decline.
During his final months Pausch with Zaslow completed the book The Final Lecture which continues Pausch's wisdoms made famous in his "Last Lecture Speech" that he gave at Carnegie Mellon in September 2007. I started the book last night and simply couldn't put it down. I am going to reread it again this weekend and then pass it along to those I love for them to read. The book is a powerful testament to a man's desire to leave a legacy for his children. The miracle is that Randy's legacy which was originally shared with just a few hundred people is now shared with all those lucky enough to read his excellent book.
For more information check out the website The Last Lecture and while you are reading about Randy watch the video of his Last Lecture speech, it's not to be missed.

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